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Find Primary and Secondary Sources

What are primary and secondary sources, and how can you find them?


When searching in a journal database that does not provide you with the option to select "primary source documents," use the following keywords in combination with your subject:

autobiography letters
correspondence memoir
diary oral history
documentary history report
interviews speeches


Finding Primary Sources in Online Databases

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